|DUKE OF MAGENTA S.|
Won at 5DUKE OF MAGENTA S.
( 9.5f , defeating Angliana, Magna Graduate, Star Plus (ARG), Sam P., Deputy Indy, Saratoga Lulaby ).
Fairbanks finally found his way back to the winnerÕs circle with an authoritative 53Ú4-length victory over Angliana in the Duke of Magenta Stakes at Saratoga Aug. 9. The 5-year-old son of GiantÕs Causeway had lost eight straight races before his romp.
ÒThis was a perfect opportunity for him,Ó said trainer Todd Pletcher. ÒWhen he gets in command like that, he can be pretty tough. It was just good to get a win under his belt.Ó
Owned by Team Valor International, Fairbanks became a graded stakes winner in March 2007 by taking the Tokyo City Handicap (gr. III), but had not won again until the Duke of Magenta. In between, he finished second four times in stakes company.
Expectations have always been high for Fairbanks, who was bought by Team Valor for $1.8 million at the 2004 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga select yearling sale from Gainesway, agent.
Dr. Chuck Kidder, Dr. John Griggs, and Jason and James Mamakos bred Fairbanks in Kentucky out of the Time for a Change mare Alaska Queen. The partnership has been well represented at Saratoga this meet, as they also bred Abraaj, winner of the July 26 Alfred G. Vanderbilt Handicap (gr. II).
In 1995, Jason Mamakos claimed Alaska Queen for $13,500 in her fourth and final career start. She is also the dam of Keats, who won the 2001 Coolmore Lexington Stakes (gr. II), and the grade III-placed colt Grand Score. Both of them also sold well as yearlings, with Keats bringing $280,000, and Grand Score fetching $900,000.
Kept at KidderÕs Corner Woods near Lexington, Alaska Queen has an unraced juvenile colt by Smarty Jones named Smart Attire, and her yearling filly by Songandaprayer is consigned to the upcoming Keeneland September sale.
The 17-year-old mare delivered a Mr. Greeley filly April 25 and is carrying a full sibling to Fairbanks.
GiantÕs Causeway is the sire of 51 stakes winners. Among his 20 added-money winners in 2008 are grade/group I winners Frost Giant, Heatseeker, Juste Momente, Our Giant, and Voltmeter. The 11-year-old son of Storm Cat stood the 2008 season at Ashford Stud near Versailles, Ky., for a fee of $125,000.ÑA.H.D.
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